New Yachats Skate Park is open!
Local area youth Justice Allison-Jackson did the honors at the recently held ribbon cutting celebration of the Skatepark and Mural official opening. This gathering was the culmination of some 10 years of efforts to create a skatepark in our community. Over the years, a large number of youth and a committed number of adults have planned, designed, campaigned to locate and create a skatepark. Recently the City gave permission to use the area on the West side of the 501 building as a site. The Friends of the Yachats Commons worked together with the City and a number of youth and adults to come up with a plan for a skatepark which included a cement slab area and four skatepark elements. Leon Sterner was the project manager for the skatepark portion of the project.
The project also included the design and installation of a 200-foot mural on the wall defining the east side of the park. Friends’ President Rose Valentine managed the mural portion of the project. Local artist Mike Guerriero worked with some 120 area youth to capture drawings that he then used to create a design for the mural. The mural contains the four elements of water, air, earth and fire and is entitled, “A Friendly Confluence.”
Financial contributors to the skatepark and mural included community members, the City of Yachats, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Lincoln County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Community Foundation’s Small Arts and Culture Program. Several business owners also donated in-kind labor and materials to help with the effort.
Following the ribbon cutting, the group of 80 some audience members attended a reception in the 501 building where Mike Guerriero demonstrated the process of creating the mural. He displayed the children’s artwork he used in the design of the mural.